Ann makes the comment "... sentient human beings are capable of drawing gradations along a line" and concluded from this that abortion in the case of rape is ok. This is simply flawed thinking. Yes, sentient humans draw gradations when making decisions about trite things like how much sugar to put in their coffee. But sentient humans also realize that some decisions are not gradated, but discrete. Not analog, but digital. If I leap from the Empire State Building, I will die. If I don't, I won't. Where's the gradation here? How about being a "little bit" pregnant? Akin and Mourdock may not have been able to skillfully articulate their position, but at least they were able to distinguish when a gradated scale should be used.